Have you heard Brian lately?
https://www.instagram.com/p/CI6ntcMDugR/ He sounds great. No struggle no strain better than orignal 2011 recording . It may not be 100% but it pretty damn close. But yeah when I saw him struggle with voice it was hard especially since it seem to come out of nowhere That's why I believe that why he had such a hard time with it too.. The best thing for him would have been take a break but as the most intergral part of the group it would have hard. It was easy to rearrange vocals for Kevin's absence since he did mostly backup , but it would have been hard to to do that fo Brian absence. Brian is truly the Jordan or my case I will say Batman because I lovde the 90s Batman cartoon although some will argue over whether Nick or AJ is the Pippin or Robin.The COVID imposed break was a blessing in disguise in that regard
If you have seen the documentary, you probably remember the infamous fight scene, Although I thought Nick was acting childishly and should have had more empathy I understood why he was angry. Brian pretty much hid it until he was forced to reveal it . Even in anger there was concern because although they had grown apart due to changing life circumstances, they still remain friends. As he admit in the next part he desperately wanted things to be as before.
I f you don't believe that, watch them trade banter about when they met and Nick finally getting back at Brian for all the times Brian made fun of voice. It never fails to make me laugh if you have been at an DNA show you probably seen some version of this but the one from Newark, NJ is the best ) Seriously, they need to take it on the road as a comedy act, or at least to Nick's stream.
I understand why this was hard for him, harder than dealing with his heart condition.When your livelihood is threatened it is easy to get depressed and want to hide . But it is nice that his bandmates back him up when does struggle and to me that demonstrates they are like brothers.